Technically, my favorite post is about another piece, but stick with me here. In previous years, I’ve gone through the year archive to pick out 10 posts that I’ve enjoyed writing. I’ve spent the last couple of days reading this piece by Topic Magazine – [The Only Woman in the Room: 17 Stories of Music Before the Internet Changed Everything] As we speak, I’m not done reading, but I knew it was going to be my favorite.
My stint in music was nearly a decade ago, but it was the best job I ever had. There’s a resounding theme in all of these stories. It can be challenging to be the only woman in the room in a sea of men in this industry, but if you persevere, it can be the most rewarding. I didn’t know what I was doing at age 16, but somehow I had the chance to take on a lot of responsibility. I was the marketer, the promoter, the booker, the manager and the merch girl all at once! Even though I left behind the idea of a career in music, it hasn’t stopped me from thinking about it often. I’m a believer that we can’t stick to one career our whole lives. Maybe we’ll have a second life, but maybe we’ll boomerang.
Articles like these are important. They give us historical knowledge into truly what music was like before the internet. Additionally, they inspire young woman who want to work in music, but don’t know how to get their foot in the door. This can be their road map and it’s so crucial to have this for nearly every type of path. Whether I change careers or not, this is an article that I’m going to return back to for years to come.